Hello! My initials are m.e.m.o. I like lowercase letters. Much like T.S. Eliot, I like to break the rules. I am a teaching artist, writer-in-residence, arts educator, writer, poet, and photographer. I grew up in Chicago and moved to Wyoming when I was 15. I went to college in the Northeast (Providence College) and then moved back to Wyoming. I lived in Wyoming for ten years after college. I then moved to North Carolina. I call myself a Wyoming wildflower transplanted in the South. Bloom where you are planted. This is my garden.
Wyoming is within me. You can take the girl out of Wyoming, but you can never take the Wyoming out of the girl. Forever West. I write about cowboys, rodeo, creativity, nature, gardening, and a lot of earthy thinky stuff. I am a reflector. I like to think. But most of the time, I can’t hear myself think. I have a three year old. I struggled with infertility and he is my miracle boy. I also write about attachment parenting and a contributing editor for Attachment Parenting International.
I am very right brained. I am a former teacher, but I quit my job to stay at home with my son and pursue my writing goals. I am also a professional teaching artist and offer workshops and residencies in Literary Arts and Visual Arts (Photography) for schools, organizations, and businesses. See this link for information about my workshops and residencies.
I am a new mama so I have been writing a lot about that subject, especially the struggles. I write honest, raw, and clumsy sometimes, but I hope you will nod your head and scream AMEN – I FEEL YA SISTA! I like to write about the things mamas don’t admit to their friends and to themselves sometimes about being a mama. It’s a tough job. I thought this was a cliche, it turns out it’s true – so damn true.
Thank you for visiting my blog/website. I will be posting a poem, essay, photograph, and/or quote everyday (or my very best attempt at everyday). Most , if not all photographs posted were taken by me. All poetry and essays were also written by memomuse. Please feel free to leave comments. I love the attention!
I have been published in This Day: Diaries of American Women, Eagles of Light, Mamalode, Cowgirl, Rodeo News, and various anthologies, including Traveling Time by Old Mountain Press. I am also the creator of the blogs: The Original Journal and The Evanston Community Kitchen.
I hope your day is filled with muse and poetry, and moments that make you pause in delight and beauty.
Peace & Poetry,
memomuuse (Megan Oteri)
If you would like to connect, please see Social Media: Let’s Connect tab with links to the social media outlets I am active. I look forward to connecting with you and learning more about you.